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Title: We need to clearly know the difference between the work of God and the work of men.


1
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • The work of God may appear to fail but we would
    be mistaken. (Mt 2818-20)

2
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • Matthew 2818-20 (NKJV) - And Jesus came and
    spoke to them, saying, All authority has been
    given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go
    therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
    baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
    the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them
    to observe all things that I have commanded you
    and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of
    the age. Amen.

3
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • Those who yield their hearts to the authority of
    God and call others to do so will be found in His
    body, the church of Christ. (Eph 122-23)

4
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • Ephesians 122-23 (NKJV) - And He put all things
    under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all
    things to the church, 23 which is His body, the
    fullness of Him who fills all in all.

5
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • Anyone acquainted with Bible history or church
    history knows that Gods people have historically
    failed to instill faith in their children.
    (Judges 27, 10-12)

6
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • Judges 27 (NKJV) - So the people served the
    Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of
    the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all
    the great works of the Lord which He had done for
    Israel.

7
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • Judges 210-12 (NKJV) - When all that generation
    had been gathered to their fathers, another
    generation arose after them who did not know the
    Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.
    11Then the children of Israel did evil in the
    sight of the Lord, and served the Baals

8
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • 12 and they forsook the Lord God of their
    fathers, who had brought them out of the land of
    Egypt and they followed other gods from among
    the gods of the people who were all around them,
    and they bowed down to them and they provoked
    the Lord to anger.

9
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • There is one question we must answer Are we
    really following the Lord?

10
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • We are going to examine the essence of a Biblical
    faith. What does it mean to trust in God?

11
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • We are going to examine the essence of a Biblical
    faith. What does it mean to trust in God?
  • The people of God often turned from God to things
    that cannot save! (Mt 39-10)

12
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • Matthew 39-10 (NKJV) - and do not think to say
    to yourselves, We have Abraham as our father.
    For I say to you that God is able to raise up
    children to Abraham from these stones. 10 And
    even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees.
    Therefore every tree which does not bear good
    fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

13
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • The people of Jeremiahs day were to learn a
    horrible lesson. (Jer 74, 8-11)

14
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • Jeremiah 74 (NKJV) - Do not trust in these
    lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, the
    temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are
    these.

15
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • Jeremiah 78-11 (NKJV) - Behold, you trust in
    lying words that cannot profit. 9Will you steal,
    murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn
    incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom
    you do not know, 10 and then come and stand
    before Me in this house which is called by My
    name, and say, We are delivered to do all these
    abominations?

16
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • 11 Has this house, which is called by My name,
    become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I,
    even I, have seen it, says the Lord.

17
We need to clearly know the difference between
the work of God and the work of men.
  • Many have done this with the name churches of
    Christ. What really is the
    church of Christ?

18
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • Love for my Lord demanded that I surrender things
    that divide. (Jn 1720-23)

19
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • John 1720-23 (NKJV) - I do not pray for these
    alone, but also for those who will believe in Me
    through their word 21 that they all may be one,
    as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You that
    they also may be one in Us, that the world may
    believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which
    You gave Me I have given them, that they may be
    one just as We are one

20
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • 23 I in them, and You in Me that they may be
    made perfect in one, and that the world may know
    that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You
    have loved Me.

21
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • I was raised in a religious body that had good
    sincere people in it.

22
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • I was raised in a religious body that had good
    sincere people in it.
  • Why does division exist? What can I possibly do
    as a single individual?

23
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • One of my first challenges came as I examined the
    Lords Supper. (Mt 2626-28)

24
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • Matthew 2626-28 (NKJV) - And as they were
    eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it,
    and gave it to the disciples and said, Take,
    eat this is My body. 27 Then He took the cup,
    and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
    Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My
    blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many
    for the remission of sins.

25
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • In the Baptist church I never remember partaking
    of it.

26
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • In the Baptist church I never remember partaking
    of it.
  • Driving home from Samford University I heard a
    radio sermon on the subject. The early church met
    on the first day of the week! (Acts 207 1 Cor
    161-2)

27
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • Acts 207 (NKJV) - Now on the first day of the
    week, when the disciples came together to break
    bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke
    to them and continued his message until midnight.

28
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • 1 Corinthians 161-2 (NKJV) - Now concerning the
    collection for the saints, as I have given orders
    to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also
    2 On the first day of the week let each one of
    you lay something aside, storing up as he may
    prosper, that there be no collections when I come.

29
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • I tried to imperfectly practice what I had
    learned.

30
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • While attending the University of Alabama I heard
    a basic presentation on how Jesus directed men to
    be saved. (Mk 1615-16)

31
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • Mark 1615-16 (NKJV) - And He said to them, Go
    into all the world and preach the gospel to every
    creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will
    be saved but he who does not believe will be
    condemned.

32
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • It was important not to base your conclusion on
    just one verse. What did Peter preach? (Acts 238)

33
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • Acts 238 (NKJV) - Then Peter said to them,
    Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in
    the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of
    sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy
    Spirit.

34
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • As I examined all the verses on this subject, I
    found that whenever baptism and salvation
    (forgiveness of sins) are mentioned together that
    baptism always is placed before salvation. (1 Pt
    320-21)

35
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • 1 Peter 320-21 (NKJV) - who formerly were
    disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering
    waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was
    being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight
    souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also
    an antitype which now saves usbaptism (not the
    removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer
    of a good conscience toward God), through the
    resurrection of Jesus Christ,

36
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • After studying and asking further questions I
    decided to be baptized into Christ and take a
    stand to be just a Christian. (Acts 191-4)

37
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • Acts 191-4 (NKJV) - And it happened, while
    Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed
    through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And
    finding some disciples 2 he said to them, Did
    you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?
    So they said to him, We have not so much as
    heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.

38
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • 3 And he said to them, Into what then were you
    baptized? So they said, Into Johns baptism.4
    Then Paul said, John indeed baptized with a
    baptism of repentance, saying to the people that
    they should believe on Him who would come after
    him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

39
How I became a member of the church of Christ
  • Was I right in doing that? The church I
    identified with in 1973 would take a completely
    different view 25 years later. Other churches
    have too.

40
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • Are we willing to believe all good works are
    found in the scriptures? (2 Tim 316-17)

41
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • 2 Timothy 316-17 (NKJV) - All Scripture is
    given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
    for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
    instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of
    God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for
    every good work.

42
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • In the 50s and 60s these things were
    universally preached by brethren. However
    I believe there were serious inconsistencies in
    their application.

43
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • In the 50s and 60s these things were
    universally preached by brethren. However
    I believe there were serious inconsistencies in
    their application.
  • Which view supports the Bible as complete? (Col
    317)

44
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • Colossians 317 (NKJV) - And whatever you do in
    word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord
    Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through
    Him.

45
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • The Bible is our guide only as it specifically
    commands or prohibits things. Where the
    Bible is silent we are free to act, with the only
    limit being our conscience.

46
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • The Bible is our guide only as it specifically
    commands or prohibits things. Where the
    Bible is silent we are free to act, with the only
    limit being our conscience.
  • The Bible is a complete and sufficient guide. We
    must have Bible authority, i.e. Book, Chapter and
    Verse, for all that we do.

47
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • A new generation began to express doubts in the
    50s and 60s

48
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • A new generation began to express doubts in the
    50s and 60s
  • Where there is no pattern we have freedom to
    act.

49
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • A new generation began to express doubts in the
    50s and 60s
  • Where there is no pattern we have freedom to
    act.
  • I would rather be doing something than nothing.

50
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • A new generation began to express doubts in the
    50s and 60s
  • Where there is no pattern we have freedom to
    act.
  • I would rather be doing something than nothing.
  • We will achieve greater results as long as
    brethren will go along.

51
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • Carnal incentives are necessary to attract
    people so we can teach them.

52
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • Carnal incentives are necessary to attract
    people so we can teach them.
  • Times dictate that we must use these new things
    to reach others.

53
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • Carnal incentives are necessary to attract
    people so we can teach them.
  • Times dictate that we must use these new things
    to reach others.
  • Arguments made today

54
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • Carnal incentives are necessary to attract
    people so we can teach them.
  • Times dictate that we must use these new things
    to reach others.
  • Arguments made today
  • We live in a rapidly changing culture.

55
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • Carnal incentives are necessary to attract
    people so we can teach them.
  • Times dictate that we must use these new things
    to reach others.
  • Arguments made today
  • We live in a rapidly changing culture.
  • The makeup of the church has changed.

56
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • The baby-boomer generation needs a different
    kind of worship than the world war two
    generation.

57
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • The baby-boomer generation needs a different
    kind of worship than the world war two
    generation.
  • Because of video games and television we must
    have more than the Bible to keep our young
    people.

58
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • The baby-boomer generation needs a different
    kind of worship than the world war two
    generation.
  • Because of video games and television we must
    have more than the Bible to keep our young
    people.
  • There are serious problems in how the church is
    doing its work.

59
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • The Church of Christ has stopped growing and
    will become extinct.

60
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • The Church of Christ has stopped growing and
    will become extinct.
  • The Church of Christ has fallen into a blind
    traditionalism. We have become like the
    Pharisees.

61
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • The Church of Christ has stopped growing and
    will become extinct.
  • The Church of Christ has fallen into a blind
    traditionalism. We have become like the
    Pharisees.
  • What is common of ALL of these arguments? Their
    Bible is closed! (Gal 110)

62
There has been a shift in attitudes towards the
Bible
  • Galatians 110 (NKJV) - For do I now persuade
    men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I
    still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant
    of Christ.

63
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • One of the first steps away from the scriptures
    in the 50s and 60s was the refusal to
    apply the principles of Bible authority to the
    work of the church.

64
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • One of the first steps away from the scriptures
    in the 50s and 60s was the refusal to
    apply the principles of Bible authority to the
    work of the church.
  • If the subject of worship was discussed, then
    Bible authority was emphasized. This was
    especially true of instrumental music.

65
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • One of the first steps away from the scriptures
    in the 50s and 60s was the refusal to
    apply the principles of Bible authority to the
    work of the church.
  • If the subject of worship was discussed, then
    Bible authority was emphasized. This was
    especially true of instrumental music.
  • Church sponsored recreation has become the norm
    in these churches.

66
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • This inconsistency would be clearly seen by those
    who apply Bible authority to the question of
    recreation.

67
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • This inconsistency would be clearly seen by those
    who apply Bible authority to the question of
    recreation.
  • What has been the result? The Bible has been
    ignored so unity can prevail.

68
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • This inconsistency would be clearly seen by those
    who apply Bible authority to the question of
    recreation.
  • What has been the result? The Bible has been
    ignored so unity can prevail.
  • How has the Lord equipped the church? (Eph
    411-12)

69
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • Ephesians 411-12 (NKJV) - And He Himself gave
    some to be apostles, some prophets, some
    evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12
    for the equipping of the saints for the work of
    ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

70
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • What is the work of "apostles, prophets,
    evangelists, pastors, and teachers"?

71
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • The church is a spiritual institution with a
    spiritual work.

72
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • The church is a spiritual institution with a
    spiritual work.
  • Jesus knew that only the power of Gods word
    could change men and build them
    up! (Jn 644-45, 26-27)

73
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • John 644-45 (NKJV) - No one can come to Me
    unless the Father who sent Me draws him and I
    will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is
    written in the prophets, And they shall all be
    taught by God. Therefore everyone who has heard
    and learned from the Father comes to Me.

74
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • John 626-27 (NKJV) - Jesus answered them and
    said, Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me,
    not because you saw the signs, but because you
    ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not
    labor for the food which perishes, but for the
    food which endures to everlasting life, which the
    Son of Man will give you, because God the Father
    has set His seal on Him.

75
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • When you view carnal incentives as a work of the
    church there will and a downward spiral that will
    end with a worldly church. (Acts 2032 1 Tim
    41-4)

76
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • Acts 2032 (NKJV) - So now, brethren, I commend
    you to God and to the word of His grace, which is
    able to build you up and give you an inheritance
    among all those who are sanctified.

77
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • 1 Timothy 41-4 (NKJV) - Now the Spirit
    expressly says that in latter times some will
    depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving
    spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies
    in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared
    with a hot iron,

78
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain
    from foods which God created to be received with
    thanksgiving by those who believe and know the
    truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and
    nothing is to be refused if it is received with
    thanksgiving

79
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • In the 60s compromises in worship it began with
    youth in Rallies and Retreats

80
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • In these audiences it was less likely that the
    young people would object.

81
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • In these audiences it was less likely that the
    young people would object.
  • Youth Ministers thought something special was
    needed to keep the young.

82
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • In these audiences it was less likely that the
    young people would object.
  • Youth Ministers thought something special was
    needed to keep the young.
  • May things would go on out of sight of the
    majority of older members.

83
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • In these audiences it was less likely that the
    young people would object.
  • Youth Ministers thought something special was
    needed to keep the young.
  • May things would go on out of sight of the
    majority of older members.
  • Brethren decided to use what works to add
    excitement to worship.

84
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • Today what began among the young has now entered
    into the whole congregation.

85
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • Today what began among the young has now entered
    into the whole congregation.
  • The Pep Rally atmosphere has come to the
    assembly.

86
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • Today what began among the young has now entered
    into the whole congregation.
  • The Pep Rally atmosphere has come to the
    assembly.
  • Choirs are now being used (There are called
    singing groups). Some churches are putting hidden
    microphones on the best singers! What does God
    hear?

87
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • Hand clapping is taught with the singing.

88
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • Hand clapping is taught with the singing.
  • Sermons and other events are commonly applauded.

89
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • Sitting under the tent at the Red River, New
    Mexico, Family Encampment June 22-26, 1996, ..
    The raucous, hand clapping, joking, laughing,
    casually-dressed crowds and speakers bore no
    resemblance to New Testament Christians in
    demeanor nor doctrine. My reaction was one of
    profound sadness and righteous anger for what
    heretics are doing to the body of Christ.

90
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • .predictable patterns emerged in all of the
    speeches.

91
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • .predictable patterns emerged in all of the
    speeches.
  • 1) The speakers believe in the direct operation
    of the Holy Spirit.

92
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • .predictable patterns emerged in all of the
    speeches.
  • 1) The speakers believe in the direct operation
    of the Holy Spirit.
  • 2) They believe and preach a subjective/experienti
    al religion.

93
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • . Full of himself, Shipp made joke after joke
    while relating a string of personal experiences
    and saying the Holy Spirit delayed a man's flight
    in Oklahoma City so Shipp could talk with him.
    The climax of his clown-act in this three-ring
    liberal circus was the evening he had the
    audience "give God a standing ovation."

94
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • audience "give God a standing ovation." Like
    sheep plunging into a canyon after a blind
    leader, the audience arose and clapped for God --
    all except those of us from Arapaho, Oklahoma.
    (Baling Up The Liberals, Jerry C. Brewer - Seek
    the Old Paths)

95
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • Many churches are merging with churches within
    the Christian church denomination and are now
    using instrumental music in their worship.

96
There is a shift in attitudes towards the work
and worship of the church
  • Many churches are merging with churches within
    the Christian church denomination and are now
    using instrumental music in their worship.
  • The push to have women lead in the worship is now
    taking place.

97
The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • I came to realize that the call to be
    undenominational was not taken seriously.

98
The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • I came to realize that the call to be
    undenominational was not taken seriously.
  • After leaving the Baptist church I tried to apply
    what I learned to resolving differences among
    brethren! (2 Tim 316-17)

99
The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • 2 Timothy 316-17 (NKJV) - All Scripture is
    given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
    for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
    instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of
    God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for
    every good work.

100
The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • I tried to take all the verses on a given subject
    and stay within whatever that
    teaches. (Col 317, 2 Jn 9)

101
The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • Colossians 317 (NKJV) - And whatever you do in
    word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord
    Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through
    Him.

102
The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • 2 John 9 (NKJV) - Whoever transgresses and does
    not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have
    God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has
    both the Father and the Son.

103
The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • I was shocked to find that brethren were fearful
    of such a study. Many became angry because I
    simply asked to study over an open Bible.

104
The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • I was shocked to find that brethren were fearful
    of such a study. Many became angry because I
    simply asked to study over an open Bible.
  • The most difficult decision I ever made
    spiritually was to leave that church.

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The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • The most difficult decision I ever made
    spiritually was to leave that church.
  • 25 years later I was shocked to hear that the
    University church in had invited Tony
    Campolo to be a keynote speaker in their Youth
    in Action program.

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The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • I was stunned to hear the preachers there were
    making the very arguments that I
    had heard from the Baptist church.

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The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • I was stunned to hear the preachers there were
    making the very arguments that I
    had heard from the Baptist church.
  • Even today members from the Baptist church are
    welcomed into their membership with no challenges
    to their baptism.

108
The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • I asked in 1996 Should I have left the Baptist
    church? to an Abilene Christian
    University discussion list. NO ONE thought that I
    should have and many ridiculed me for doing so.

109
The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • I asked in 1996 Should I have left the Baptist
    church? to an Abilene Christian
    University discussion list. NO ONE thought that I
    should have and many ridiculed me for doing so.
  • Are we not far behind?

110
The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • In recent months I have known several to have
    left faithful churches and become a part of the
    University church and others like it.

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The church that introduced me to the gospel
then and now
  • I have witnessed the arguments and attitudes of
    some as they openly participate in
    on-line discussion groups and post in their blogs.

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How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • We must let out focus be upon God and not upon
    the writings of men! (Ex. Preachers luncheon,
    internet outlines)

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How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • We must let out focus be upon God and not upon
    the writings of men! (Ex. Preachers luncheon,
    internet outlines)
  • There is nothing wrong in asking for and
    insisting upon the truth.

114
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • We must let out focus be upon God and not upon
    the writings of men! (Ex. Preachers luncheon,
    internet outlines)
  • There is nothing wrong in asking for and
    insisting upon the truth.
  • Some may be like Pilate and deny any such
    possibility. (Jn 1838)

115
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • John 1838 (NKJV) - Pilate said to Him, What is
    truth? And when he had said this, he went out
    again to the Jews, and said to them, I find no
    fault in Him at all.

116
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • Are we like Pilate or like Jesus? Everyone who
    is of the truth hears my voice (Jn 1837)

117
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • It is not legalism or traditionalism to
    pursue a principled life based upon definitive
    answers found in the word of God.

118
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • It is not legalism or traditionalism to
    pursue a principled life based upon definitive
    answers found in the word of God.
  • New Testament Christians would have been startled
    that anyone would ever question the need to seek
    the truth about all things God revealed.

119
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • Consider how the Apostle John described
    Christians in 2 John.

120
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • all those who have known the truth (11)

121
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • all those who have known the truth (11)
  • the truth which abides in us and will be with us
    forever (12)

122
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • all those who have known the truth (11)
  • the truth which abides in us and will be with us
    forever (12)
  • I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of
    your children walking in truth, as we received
    commandment from the Father (14)

123
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • all those who have known the truth (11)
  • the truth which abides in us and will be with us
    forever (12)
  • I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of
    your children walking in truth, as we received
    commandment from the Father (14)
  • John plainly wrote that we need to know if we
    are of the truth. (1 Jn 319)

124
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • 1 John 319 (NKJV) - And by this we know that we
    are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts
    before Him.

125
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • We must not be afraid of open challenges and
    controversy.

126
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • We must not be afraid of open challenges and
    controversy.
  • When leaving liberalism I attempted to get others
    to open the Bible and discuss differences, nearly
    everyone refused and often with anger.

127
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • People who do not fight for the truth will not
    have it over time. (Jn 319-21)

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How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • John 319-21 (NKJV) - And this is the
    condemnation, that the light has come into the
    world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
    because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone
    practicing evil hates the light and does not come
    to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

129
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light,
    that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they
    have been done in God.

130
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • Are we hearing these basic truths from our
    pulpits?

131
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • Are we hearing these basic truths from our
    pulpits?
  • Here is a recent e-mail from a brother

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How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • I sorted through my collection of papers and
    found your series on Institutionalism--Then and
    Now An Overview, which you preached at the
    Laceys Spring congregation several years ago.  I
    did this after hearing some sermons this past
    week.  My questions are as follows 

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How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • 2.)  What book would someone have read if they
    really thought the true practice of the 1st
    century Lords Supper was a common meal that was
    shared during the service?

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How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • 2.)  What book would someone have read if they
    really thought the true practice of the 1st
    century Lords Supper was a common meal that was
    shared during the service?
  • 3.)  Should someone think a false teacher is only
    a person who has insincere motives in their
    teaching?

135
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • 4.) Should we think that non-instrumental music
    in worship is a logical and natural conclusion
    from the N.T.? 

136
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • When was the last time you hear a lesson on
    instrumental music?

137
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • When was the last time you hear a lesson on
    instrumental music?
  • It is not enough to verbally oppose these things.
    We must take a stand and that will involve
    fellowship!

138
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • Who do I really want to have fellowship with?

139
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • Who do I really want to have fellowship with?
  • While some say they want to be right with God,
    they in fact want to please men. (Gal
    110)

140
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • Galatians 110 (NKJV) - For do I now persuade
    men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I
    still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant
    of Christ.

141
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • While we may fool men, God knows our heart!

142
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • While we may fool men, God knows our heart!
  • I have talked with men about what was right and
    what they needed to do.

143
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • While we may fool men, God knows our heart!
  • I have talked with men about what was right and
    what they needed to do.
  • Even though they have agreed with me, I have
    often heard the refusal to stand rationalized
    like this It is hard to do what is right!

144
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • While we may fool men, God knows our heart!
  • I have talked with men about what was right and
    what they needed to do.
  • Even though they have agreed with me, I have
    often heard the refusal to stand rationalized
    like this It is hard to do what is right!
  • What will heaven be like?

145
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • It will be filled with men of faith who at times
    had to stand alone. (Heb 1132-38)

146
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • Hebrews 1135 (NKJV) - received their dead
    raised to life again. Others were tortured, not
    accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a
    better resurrection.

147
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • Have you heard of these men? Sethur? Gaddiel?
    Palti? Shaphat? Nahbi?

148
How can we continue to practice simple New
Testament Christianity?
  • Have you heard of these men? Sethur? Gaddiel?
    Palti? Shaphat? Nahbi?
  • How about these men? Caleb? Joshua?
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